Gas find holds out much promise to locals

KUCHING: The discovery of gas at the Hadrah-1 wildcat exploration well of Block SK411 located in the shallow waters of Balingian holds out the potential of benefitting Sarawakians in a big way through the participation of companies and also manpower deployment.

Sarawak Oil and Gas Workers Association (Sogwa) president Jamal Abdullah said there would also be indirect economic spin-offs.

“As such, Petronas in particular must be sensible to have Sarawakian workers groomed and a manpower technology transfer approach put in place so as to enable long term benefits from the oil and gas (O&G) industry.

“In another words, Sogwa’s participation is vital to enable it to go flawlessly,” he said when contacted on Saturday (Jan 8).

On Friday, Petronas in a statement said the Hadrah-1 well was drilled to a total depth of 1,850 metres in November last year and gas was encountered within an approximately 200-metre thick sequence of high-quality sandstone and carbonate reservoirs.

The national oil company said Hadrah-1 is Petronas’ third gas discovery in this province in 2021, after Sirung-1 and Kulintang-1 in March and May respectively.

In 2019, oil and gas were also discovered at the D18 field.

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